Content Management

content management CMS Joomla! & WordPress

If creating a website for your business is on the horizon, you may be wondering which content management system (CMS) is the best choice for you. Here’s a look at three of the most widely-used ones. All three are open-source software, each developed and maintained by a community of thousands. Not only are all three free to download and use, but the open-source format means that the platform is continuously being improved to support new Internet technologies. With all of these systems, basic functions can be enhanced ad infinitum with an ever-expanding array of add-ons, contributed from their respective communities.

Joomla! Content Management System, Elemental Maze Web Solutions

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution here; it depends on your goals, technical expertise, budget and what you need your site to do. For a simple blog or brochure-type site, Wordpress could be the best choice (while very friendly for non-developers, it’s a flexible platform also capable of very complex sites). For a complex, highly customized site requiring scalability and complex content organization, Drupal might be the best choice. For something in between that has an easier learning curve, Joomla may be the answer.

When you have questions or need help, will you be able to find it easily? With all of these systems, the answer is yes. Each has passionate, dedicated developer and user communities, making it easy to find free support directly through their websites or through other online forums or even books. In addition, paid support is readily available from third-party sources, such as consultants, developers and designers. Each of these systems shows long-term sustainability and longevity; support for them will continue to be readily available for the foreseeable future. The more time and effort you are willing and able to invest into learning a system, the more it will be able to do for you. With both Wordpress and Joomla, you can order a wide range of services and options off the menu to suit your needs; with Drupal, you’ll be in the kitchen cooking up what you want for yourself, with all of the privileges of customization that entails.

Fresh Brew

  • New Website for Margaret Szott DDS Thu, April 14

    Margaret Szott DDS gets a brand new, responsive (mobile friendly) website. szottdds.com is built on the latest CSS3, bootstrap and Joomla! platforms. 

    Visit the new SZOTTDDS.com website.

  • First Baptist Church of Thomasville Thu, April 14

    First Baptist Church of Thomasville now has a online home. Thank you Barry Glover for allowing me the opportunity to help out another church.

    Visit the FBCTville website.

  • Farmer's Table Grains Thu, April 14

    The Farmer's Table Grains project exposed EMWS to a new component within Joomla!. The Azura Page Builder component was impressive and less than impressive at the same time. In the end, I ended up despising the component. It required several interventions from the developer to complete and customize simple things. 

    Visit the Farmer's Table Grain website.

  • New site for E3 Endurance Fri, July 24

    We just launched a new website for E3 Endurance. The website takes advantage of the latest Joomla! platform and framework. It offers e-commerce for purchasing services online and is fully responsive to fit all mobile devices.

  • Apple's Chapel Christian Church Mon, April 27

    The Apple's Chapel Christian Church website was the first church website Elemental Maze has had the privilege of working on.  Thank you to my long time old friend Mr. Loftis for setting me up with this gig. 

  • Wed, March 18

    Why Ranking First Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

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